Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent Posts on Trauma

The South Rises Again

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 The Me in We
Recent racism can be seen as a re-enactment of the trauma of the Civil War by slave-owner descendants, and those who identify with them.

One Soldier's Struggle With Torture, Trauma and Moral Injury

By Eric Newhouse on February 11, 2016 Invisible Wounds
LTC Bill Edmonds was put in an impossible situation: forced to decide between allowing torture to save American lives or risking death to American soldiers.

Just Get Over it and Move On!

Are you a survivor of childhood sexual abuse or in a relationship with someone who is? Why are sentences like "Just get over it" the wrong thing to say?

The “Airbag” of Depersonalization: Shield or Disorder?

By Elena Bezzubova on February 09, 2016 The Search for Self
The painful experience of unreality safeguards from a danger.

Trauma Tips for Understanding and Healing—Part 1 of 4

By Dan Mager MSW on February 08, 2016 Some Assembly Required
Whether or not a traumatic event involves serious injury or death, trauma survivors must cope with the loss of their sense of safety and security—at least temporarily.

Is Our Childhood Really to Blame for Everything?

In which the author explains why looking at your childhood issues is the responsible thing to do for yourself and those who love you.

Robert Stolorow on Emotional Trauma and Psychoanalysis

the future of mental health interview series continues with Robert Stolorow on emotional trauma and psychoanalysis

Four Things You Need to Know about PTSD

Is someone you know a little different in a way you can’t quite put your finger on, or perhaps a lot different in ways you find frightening or dangerous?

Four Ways Spirituality Can Help You Cope with Difficulty

From our earliest days humanity has searched for a deeper meaning to existence, especially in the face of unbearable conditions and experiences.

Can Some Lead a Better Life by Listening to their Voices?

The Hearing Voices Movement offers a paradigm shift for people confronting auditory hallucinations.

Child Art Therapy: How It Works

Art therapy often begs the response—“But it’s just arts and crafts!” Art therapy is not just “arts and crafts" or even its first cousin, the ubiquitous coloring book.

A New Paradigm for Alzheimer's disease Research

By Mario D Garrett PhD on January 30, 2016 iAge
The zeal to find some biological marker for Alzheimer's disease has been unfounded. Emerging studies are now focussing more on the public health context of the disease.

A Guest in Quiet

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 28, 2016 Bear in Mind
What rattlesnakes teach us about the grace and dignity of being reptile.

Prisons Perpetuate Trauma in Female Inmates

Perpetrators of sexual violence in prisons are often prison staff, and their crimes are going unpunished.

What the film Altered Minds Reveals about Family Secrets

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 26, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
Part two of my interview with the director of 'Altered Minds'--focusing on family secrets.

Why Psych Majors Should Watch Altered Minds

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
Part one of my interview with the director of the psychological thriller 'Altered Minds' starring Judd Hirsch

The Rising Epidemic of Anxiety in Children and Teens

According to the Anxiety and Depression Disorders Association of America, anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. The impact on them, if untreated, is devastating!

3 Things to Do After Relationship Trauma

Affairs, blow-ups, can be traumatic in a relationship and are wake-up calls about other problems below the surface. 3 things to do to get your relationship back on a solid footing.

Teaching Youth to Cope with Media Exposure to Violence

How does exposure to death and violence affect our children? What parents, educators and mental health professionals can do to reduce the adverse impact on our kids.

Is "The Revenant" Psychologically Harmful?

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on January 21, 2016 Reel Therapy
"The Revenant" has already garnered lots of awards for its quality. But a psychological warning should be attached to this film.

Nasal Spray May Prevent PTSD, Study Finds

Nasal spray may help prevent traumatic memories from forming in the first place.

Doing What Light Does

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 19, 2016 Bear in Mind
Explore the psychology of compassion that knows no boundaries.

When Sex Always Hurts

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on January 19, 2016 As You Like It
Many of us assume sex only hurts for women their first time and after menopause. Yet more than 20% of women in their teens, twenties experience pain every time they have sex.

Adversity and the Creative Mind

Everyone experiences adversity, but some people use adversity to their psychological advantage. Do you?

Smashing the Neurotransmitter Myth

Serotonin depletion is not the cause of psychiatric conditions. Antidepressants are a significant factor in suicides and mass mass murders.

Cerebellum Damage May Be the Root of PTSD in Combat Veterans

A new and revolutionary discovery by a team of brain injury experts reveals that damage to the cerebellum may be a hidden cause of PTSD in combat veterans.

When a Loved One Attempts Suicide

Learning to forgive oneself after a loved one's suicide attempt is essential.

Meditation Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

A new study reports that practicing Transcendental Meditation can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the use of medications to treat PTSD.

The Neuroscience of Fear Responses and Post-Traumatic Stress

Two new studies shed light on how the brain processes traumatic experiences that create fear, anxiety, and often lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Trauma Survivors at Risk for Future Abusive Relationships

When offenders are caregivers, children often blame themselves, and love and abuse can become interconnected.